New Microsoft Data Center to Provide for Xbox Live

Microsoft(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Des Moines, Iowa is about to receive a big economic boost thanks to an investment by Microsoft.

The company is planning to build a $700 million dollar data center expansion in West Des Moines after the state’s Economic Development Authority Board approved $20 million in tax credits, according to a report from the Des Moines Register.

The data center could support Office 365 along with Xbox Live, according to sources.

Meanwhile, Iowa is hoping that it’ll attract even more data center interest in Wes Des Moines. “We’re seeing a lot of interest in this space. There may be more projects to come,” commented state economic development director Debi Durham in the report. Durham also credited the “business culture” that’s been created.

The data center project was previously known as “Project Mountain” but the company behind it wasn’t confirmed until just now.